Oh. my. goodness. Unicorns and learning! I’m not sure it can get any more fun than this! These unicorn color activities for preschoolers are a great way to capture their attention and get them excited about learning. In fact, the kids won’t even care that they are learning. The Unicorn Color Pack for Preschoolers activities feature colors and shapes with super engaging activities for kids to learn colors! No boring learning colors worksheets in sight! Just hands-on educational games with lots of fun options. And, of course, these games for kids offer the added bonus of fine motor skill development.
Learning Games To Teach Colors in Preschool
LEARNING COLORS GAMES AND ACTIVITIES
LEARNING COLORS ACTIVITIES FOR OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS SHOULD BE SO FUN THEY DON’T KNOW THEY’RE LEARNING IMPORTANT STUFF.
Teaching and learning colors requires a lot of repetition, but it should always be fun and interesting for kids.
I love this unicorn color pack because it provides that variety that we need when trying to keep the same old concepts fresh.
I included playdough mats, a spinner game, sorting mats, clip cards, matching activities, and even an emergent reader. No child will tire of this variety! And, you can be as creative as you want to differentiate or adapt the activities to suit any learner.
Learning the names of colors is often one of the first steps for many young learners. Kids begin to learn and talk about colors early in life as adults point out colors in their clothes, toys, dishes, or other things in the environment.
Learning color palettes goes hand in hand with oral language. You can encourage talking by asking questions as children work either before/during/after any of the activities.
- What’s your favorite color? Why?
- Can you find this same color in the room? Where?
- What sound do you hear at the beginning of purple/blue/etc.?
- Are colors in nature different than these colors?
What activities are included in the Unicorn Color Pack?
- 2 Sets of Unicorn Clip Cards for Matching Colors
- 2 Sets of Color Sorting Activities (Primary and Secondary Colors)
- Unicorns and Stars Matching Game
- 2 Unicorn Colors Spin & Cover Games
- Unicorn Color Play Dough Mats
- Unicorn Color Emergent Reader
Learning Colors With Toddlers and Preschoolers
COLOR LEARNING ACTIVITIES
PRESCHOOL COLORS ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE HANDS-ON, SENSORY, AND ENGAGING. OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS WANT TO PLAY, NOT FILL IN A PRESCHOOL COLOR RECOGNITION WORKSHEET.
Color activities are also an opportunity to introduce math specific vocabulary to kids. You don’t have to expect them to be fluent with it, or even repeat it, but it’s nice for them to just hear words like:
- Primary/Secondary color
Why Is It Important For Kids To Learn Colors?
Children are naturally curious about everything around them. Learning about colors with color recognition cards and games and color recognition worksheets for preschool helps kids describe the world a little bit better.
Background Knowledge: Color vocabulary is important! Most toddlers start by learning one color and then refer to everything as that color! It takes time and experience to learn that each color has its own name.
Describe: Think of how many times we use color to describe something. When there are two of the same object, but different colors, it makes a world of difference!
Connect with Nature: Identifying colors in pictures and then transferring the knowledge to things that are in the real world helps kids make important connections with the world, nature, and their lives.
Compare/Contrast: Learning color characteristics helps kids sort, compare and contrast with ease. Those are important skills for both reading and math instruction moving forward.
How to Make The Unicorn Color Pack Activities
Unicorn Clip Cards:
To prep: Print and laminate the games. All of the activities can be fully prepped in just a few minutes. Make it even less prep by slipping the full sheets into a page protector and have the kids use a dry erase marker to circle the correct answer.
To use the Unicorn clip cards, simply cut apart the cards making sure to leave the answer options attached to the bottom of each card.
If you would like to make them self-correcting, you can place a small dot on the back of each card behind the correct answer. Then, after the kids have answered, they can flip the cards over and see if the clothespin matches the dot you made.
To use the cards, simply have the kids place a clothespin on the correct answer at the bottom of each card. You can vary the level of fine motor skill needed by switching up the size of the clothespins or using paperclips.
To use the color sorting activities, cut apart the picture cards for each set.
Then, have the kids match the picture cards to the correct section on the mats.
Unicorn Matching Games:
I like to print our matching games on scrapbook paper that is colored on one side and white on the other.
That way the kids can’t see through the cards as they are playing.
If you don’t have scrapbook paper, white cardstock will work or you can use regular printer paper and place a large sticker on the back of each card to mask the pictures.
Unicorn Spin & Cover:
These Spin & Cover games are simple to prepare. Poke a small hole in the center of the spinners. Then thread a paper clip onto a paper fastener and poke the paper fastener through the hole.
Spread the pegs of the paper fastener to hold the spinner in place.
Unicorn Emergent Reader:
Create an emergent reader for learning colors with your young readers using the black & white book pages.
Simply cut apart the book pages and staple together on the indicated staple marks.
Then have the kids color each unicorn the correct color.
Extend the Activity
Fill the sensory bin with black and white pom poms, then hide the color matching game cards inside. Kids will have fun pulling them out and sorting by color.
Color mixing activities are really fun and engaging for young kids. Show them with paint, or colored water, how to mix primary colors together to make secondary colors. Almost as magical as unicorns!
Picture cards are a great place to begin working on oral language. Instead of just placing the unicorn on the purple mat, encourage your child to say, “The unicorn is purple.”